On Tuesday, June 13th, Healthy
Choices Caring Communities (HC3) awarded both Wauseon Schools and Evergreen Schools, as 2016-17 Coalition Champion of the Year. This
award is given annually to a community partner who has “gone above and beyond”
in supporting our countywide efforts in reducing underage substance use.
Wauseon School district and their administration has
demonstrated outstanding support for our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) as well
as offering a substantial amount of support for the Fulton County 2016 Health Assessment
process. We recognize that Wauseon
School district administration and staff is committed to HC3’s mission, goals,
and strategies and appreciate their hard work.
We would like to recognize Evergreen
School district and its administration for their dedication to creating a
tobacco-free campus. Their assistance and support with community events has
helped to expand the reach of HC3 in that local area. In addition the inclusion and collaboration
between the Evergreen High School SADD group, and both HC3 and YAC has created
a solid partnership that offers opportunity for additional growth within the
This year HC3 introduced a new
award, Junior Coalition Champion of the Year,
to honor a community youth member who has “gone above and beyond” in their
support. Rayne Kinsman, an Archbold 6th
grader, was chosen for this unprecedented award for her leadership in promoting
our Stomping Grounds event at the
Fulton County Fair. We recognize that
her initiative and networking helped to expand our reach and greatly
contributed to the overall success of this event.
The 2016-17 Coalition Member of the Year awards were also presented at
the Healthy Choices Caring Communities monthly meeting. The recipients of this award, Lori Knierim and Linda Wurns
were recognized for their outstanding commitment to educating the
community on the family perspective of addiction. Linda and Lori are responsible for the
development and expansion of the Strength
in Numbers Support Group. This group
offers support to everyone affected by addiction in Fulton County. For additional information, please visit Strength in Numbers Fulton County on
Facebook, or email StrengthInNumbersFultonCounty@gmail.com.
The final awards presented by HC3
were the Youth Advisory Council Member of the Year
awards. This year’s award winners were
Annemarie Thomas and Mary Miller.
Annemarie is a four-year YAC member who has served on the leadership
board for two years and is currently the Chair of the group. Annemarie was recognized for her willingness
to take the lead both within YAC and at outside venues, including community
events, local and state presentations.
Her drive to learn, implement and share all she can about youth led
prevention is inspiring to see.
Mary Miller, also a four-year YAC
member, served on the leadership board this past year. Mary was chosen for recognition due to her
strength in engaging both YAC members and the external community during public
events such as the Stomping Grounds
at the Fulton County Fair. She displayed
outstanding collaborative leadership during the creation of the Talk2Me PSA video,
which served as the YAC spring project. We commend her dedication and
leadership in this project and throughout her YAC membership.
HC3 is making a difference and YOU can help!
Visit our Get Involved page and see how.
Shown Below from left to right: Jim Wyse, Superintendent - Evergreen Schools
, Larry Brown, Superintendent - Wauseon Schools,
Rayne Kinsman, Lori Knierim, Linda Wurns, Annemarie Thomas, (not shown: Mary Miller)